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It’s official, anthropology’s useless!


Margaret Mead
How would Margaret Mead have fared on the Florida job market?

An article in Mother Jones, reports on comments Gov. Rick Scott of Florida made on conservative Florida talk show host Marc Bernier’s program on Monday. In the last minute of an 11 minute interview, Gov. Scott shifted from the usual conservative script about creating jobs with tax breaks and deregulation to the issue of what kind of education the state should be funding:

You know, we don’t need a lot more anthropologists in the state. It’s a great degree if people want to get it, but we don’t need them here. I want to spend our dollars giving people science, technology, engineering, math degrees. That’s what our kids need to focus all their time and attention on. Those type of degrees. So when they get out of school, they can get a job.

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Wordle-ing Ignorance

Just finsihed edits on an essay that will hopefully appear in print next year.  The title of the edited volume is Anthropology of Ignorance and the essay is called Evoking Ignorance: Abstraction and Anonymity in Social Networking’s Ideals of Reciprocity. I like the way the wordle came out.  It’s about as jumbled as I felt while writing the article.  See if you can figure out what it’s about!

Wordle: Evoking Ignorance